Morgan Richter

Morgan Richter is one of the leaders of the Edina girls cross country team. (Sun Staff Photo by Mike Shaughnessy)

Coming off a fourth-place finish at the Roy Griak Invitational two weeks ago, the Edina High girls cross country will bid for the Lake Conference championship at 4:50 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, at Gale Woods Farm in Minnetrista.

“It will be a fantastic race on Thursday,” Edina head coach Matt Gabrielson predicted. “Six teams will compete for the title, and really, it’s anybody’s race. We’re ranked second in state and Minnetonka is fourth. Five of the top eight teams in the state are in our conference. St. Michael-Albertville is the defending state champion, and you can never count out Wayzata.”

Now that captain Sadie Schreiner is back from a foot injury, Gabrielson said he has “a good feeling” about the Lake meet.

“Sadie deserves all the success that comes her way, the coach said. “I am looking for her to have a breakthrough in the championship part of the season.”

Edina, of course, has other leaders who have stayed healthy all season. They include Morgan Richter, Macy Iyer, Lauren Cossack and the Wagner sisters, Claire and Maggie.

It is as solid a core group as anyone in the state has this year.

Gabrielson expects big postseasons from his young runners, Maggie Wagner and Cossack.

“Maggie is ultra-talented and knows how to dig deep,” the coach said. “Lauren just keeps improving.”

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